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The Amazing Spider-Man

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July 5, 2019

BIO

Peter Parker was a high school science student. He was not very popular with the other students and in fact was picked on and ridiculed for being a ‘square’ by the more popular kids.

He was an orphan who lived with his elderly Aunt May and Uncle Ben who loved him as if he was their own son.

One day, at a science exhibit, unbeknownst to anyone in attendance, a small spider entered a high-radiation area and became irradiated itself. Before dying, it bit Peter Parker.

Peter became ill and stepped outside to get some fresh air and clear his head. In his preoccupation with the spider-s bite and his feelings of nausea, he wandered into the path of an oncoming car. In the last split-second before the car would have struck him, Peter leaped out of the way.

But his leap carried him three stories into the air towards the side of a building. Putting out his hands to keep from crashing into the wall, he was startled to discover that his fingertips adhered to its surface and he clung to it high above the street below.

Amazed, he began scaling the wall until he reached the roof. Reaching out to grasp a steel pipe, he was again astounded as the stiff metal was crushed in his hand like aluminum foil.

Amazing Fantasy #15

BLOGROLL
July 5, 2019

August 1962

Amazing Fantasy#15 (vol. 1)

“Spider-Man!”

EIC: Stan Lee

Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko

Writers: Stan Lee

Pencilers: Steve Ditko

Inkers: Steve Ditko

Colourist: Andy Yanchus

Letterers: Artie Simek

Editors: Stan Lee

Cover Date: August 1962

Release Date: June 1962

Pages: 11

Cover Price: $0.12

First Appearance and Origin of:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man/Peter Parker

SYNOPSIS:

Peter Parker is the biggest wallflower at Mid-Town High School in Queens, NY. A brilliant science student, he is ostracized by nearly everyone, especially the more popular kids who delight in making fun of the frail, bespectacled teenager.

But he is respected by his teachers and adored by his elderly Aunt May and Uncle Ben, who Peter lives with since his parents are dead.

While attending a lecture and demonstration in nuclear science, Peter is bitten by a spider that has been exposed to the radiation. Peter begins to feel unwell and wanders aimlessly out of the exhibit and into the street. Suddenly, a car careens around a corner and nearly hits Peter, but at the last second, he leaps and in seconds, is clinging to the bare surface of a building facade. Amazed at what is happening, Peter climbs up the side of the building to the roof, where he grabs a steel pipe for support and winds up crushing it in his hand. He also crawls down a taught wire, balancing on it like the spider that bit him.

Unsure of the extent of his powers and eager to test them, he sees an ad offering $100 for anyone who can stay in the ring for three minutes with a professional wrestler. Not wanting to embarrass himself, he wears a mask to hide his identity.

The bulky, muscle-bound wrestler mocks his skinny masked opponent before the match starts, but Peter quickly overpowers him and wins the match. When he collects his money, the promoter tells him he is a television producer, gives Peter his card, and tells him he’ll put him on t.v.

Back at home, Peter fashions a skin-tight red and blue costume. He also uses his scientific ingenuity to concoct a fluid that acts as super strong webbing that he can use for all sorts of different things. He also creates devices to wear on his wrist that will contain the web fluid and shoot it out through a nozzle under pressure. The webbing will adhere to any surface and enable Peter to hang or swing from it.

The last thing Peter does is come up with a name for his costumed alter ego – Spider-Man!

In no time, Spider-Man has become a television sensation. Millions of people watch in awe as he climbs up walls, sticks to the ceiling, and does all manner of amazing tricks with his fantastic webbing.

Backstage, after the show, Spider-Man sees a man running frantically towards him as a police officer pursues him, calling him a thief and yelling for him to stop. Spider-Man does nothing as the man runs past and into the waiting elevator which closes before the policeman can reach it.

The policeman chides Spider-Man for not stopping the thief. Spider-Man tells him that stopping thieves is the policeman’s job, not his, and that he no longer lets others tell him what to do. “From here on,” Spider-Man says, “I only look out for number one – me!”

But, one night soon after, Peter returns home from a television appearance to find police cars in front of his Aunt and Uncle’s house. A police officer tells him that a burglar broke into their house and shot his Uncle Ben.

Furious, Peter rushes off, changes into his Spider-Man costume, and swings off to the old abandoned warehouse by the docks he overhears one of the police officers say the burglar is hiding out in.

The police are being held off, unable to get into the warehouse without being picked off by the burglar. But Spider-Man sneaks inside and surprises the burglar, crawling creepily down the wall of the darkened warehouse towards him.

The burglar tries to run but Spider-Man leaps over him to block his way. He fires his webbing at the man, incapacitating his pistol. Then, he knocks the criminal out with one powerful punch to the jaw.

But as he picks the unconscious form of the burglar off the floor, Spider-Man is shocked to discover that it is the man who was running from the policeman at the t.v. station, the one he didn’t stop when he had the chance.

And now he knows that if he had only acted, his Uncle Ben would still be alive.

As he wanders aimlessly through the night-darkened streets of the city, he is aware at last that with great power, there must also come–great responsibility.

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The Terror of the Toad Men!

BLOGROLL
July 5, 2019

July 1962

The Incredible Hulk #2 (vol. 1)

“The Terror of the Toad Men!”

EIC: Stan Lee

Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko

Writers: Stan Lee

Pencilers: Jack Kirby

Inkers: Steve Ditko

Letterers: Artie Simek

Editors: Stan Lee

Cover Date: July 1962

Release Date: May1962

Pages: 24

Cover Price: $0.12

SYNOPSIS:

The issue opens with the Hulk emerging from a swamp and being spotted by troopers who run to warn the nearest town of his presence. The police attempt to subdue the Hulk who easily overpowers them. Rick Jones shows up to calm the Hulk enough to lead him away from the town while we are treated to flashback of how Dr. Banner became the Hulk.

The Toad Men are then shown advancing towards Earth using a magnetic source far beyond what the Earth is capable of. The Toad Men land on Earth and track down the smartest man on the planet so that they can know what technologies the planet has to defend itself from invaders.

Bruce Banner and Rick Jones are now on their way to a secret hideout where Bruce has set up a chamber, with 10-feet thick concrete walls that extends slightly under a lake, in order to hold the Hulk during his night-time transformations.

Before Dr. Banner can get into the chamber, the Toad Men shoot both Banner and Rick to immobilize them and transport them back to their ship.

The Toad Men then tell their prisoners what will happen if they don’t cooperate such as making cities float off into space, draining the oceans, or making the people unable to move. They send Rick back to Earth. The ship then orbits to the dark side of the Earth, making Banner transform into the Hulk.

The Toad Men are caught off guard when the Hulk escapes his confinement and locks them in a room. The Hulk decides he will use the ship to wipe out mankind. General Ross order the ship shot down, which they are able to accomplish.

When the troops approach the ship, the only person they find is Banner who is taken into custody being labeled a traitor. The Toad Men escape underground away from the wreckage and send an invasion signal for the remainder of their fleet. The Toad King then jams all broadcasts around the world to send a message that they are planning to cause the moon to collide with the Earth, destroying it.

As night falls onto the cell holding Bruce Banner, he transforms in the Hulk, breaking out of the cell and destroys everything in his path towards General Ross’ house since he blames him for imprisoning him. The General has troops surround the house and attempts to storm in to take the Hulk. They rush the Hulk and attempt to tackle him, but he throws them off.

The Hulk takes Betty hostage, escaping into the darkness towards his secret lab with Rick following close behind. Rick confronts the Hulk so that he doesn’t hurt Betty as the moon gets ever closer; causing an earthquake that knocks the Hulk out until the morning when Bruce regains control. Bruce and Rick make their way to a Gamma Ray Gun so that they can reverse the attraction of their magnetic rays.

Bruce fires the gun just as the soldiers break in and are held back by Rick spraying them with a powerful fire hose. Since Bruce was able to save the world, the charges against him are dropped and he heads back to his secret lab with Rick, where the Hulk tries his best to break out of his temporary cell.

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